June 3-5, 2020 | McCormick Place | Chicago, IL

Emerging Technologies

Thursday, May 23, 2019
10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Emerging Technologies

Track Name: AEC Next
Session Date: May 23 2019 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Session Credits: 1.5 AIA LU

10:30am - 10:50am Increasing Project Value with Blockchains and Smart Contracts

When it comes to designing and building assets, the construction industry continues to destroy value by lagging others, including manufacturing, in productivity improvement. Today, approximately $1.6 trillion of construction value is being destroyed each year. In construction, value comes from funding the right projects and completing them safely and efficiently. Projects that are delivered faster and at a lower cost deliver higher returns on capital employed and create greater value. Utilizing a combination of blockchains and smart contracts, issues that have long plagued the industry can be tackled directly – from non-integrated supply chains to the project risks inherent in our line of work. Discover how these emerging technologies can be used to create trust, capture and share data, and ultimately transform a construction project from a document-centered approach that impairs visibility and speed to a data-centered approach that is visible to all stakeholders in real-time.


Michael Matthews

Enstoa, Inc.

10:50am - 11:10am Saving Costs and Improving Collaboration through Immersive Visualization Technologies

This presentation will discuss how to leverage immersive data visualization technologies to support AEC project work. The focus of this presentation will be on diverse opportunities presented to progressive companies like Arup, by utilizing immersive visualization technologies to discuss two successful projects in more detail, Bay Bridge, where VR was used as part of the flow of communication and a virtual patient room, in which VR is used to simulate a room setting with physical objects used to encourage feedback on design alternatives.


11:10am - 11:30am Integrated Energy and Microgrids

Communities are facing some significant energy and infrastructure challenges. Maintaining and upgrading much of our critical infrastructure can be financially challenging in the face of slow economic growth, aging populations, increasing claims on strained public purses, and escalating environmental concerns. In spite of energy and infrastructure challenges, communities - including all the businesses, industry and people that reside within them - are letting energy go to waste. Integrating energy sources, technologies, and infrastructure allows communities to capture these and other potential energy opportunities, thus cutting costs, securing energy reliability, and reducing environmental impacts, including greenhouse gas emissions. Integration means looking at all of the existing infrastructure and available resources in a community and finding innovative ways to use less energy to deliver the same services. Integrated energy involves interconnected electrical and thermal microgrids. Cars, planes and ships are also examples of microgrids. These microgrids not only shape how communities are being developed but can also offer additional value by creating a reoccurring revenue source in new and redevelopment projects as micro utilities using renewable and low carbon energy. Smart microgrid solutions include both energy and communication networks, so that systems can be monitored, managed, and maintained to ensure high system performance and reliability. These smart microgrids not only support the community development, but when interconnected with other communities offer greater resilience and sustainability. Creating these solutions involves not only improving the building envelope efficiency, but also where it sources energy and how it manages that energy. Creating on-site smart energy management systems involves decoupling energy generation using energy storage, so that buildings can be energized, heated and cooled with an integrated energy model. Case Study: The presentation will highlight the Southwoods redevelopment project in Edmonton Alberta Canada. It is affordable and seniors housing that will provide over 400 residential homes in apartment and town home units. Phase I (122 units) has been operating for approximately 18 months (to date) using on-site electrical generation, distribution, thermal energy exchange and storage system with a low temperature thermal distribution network in the electrical and thermal microgrids. Background: GSS Integrated Energy was responsible for the design, modelling, and management of the energy system installation during project construction.


Michael Roppelt

GSS Integrated Energy Ltd.

11:30am - 11:50am The Evolution and Future of Immersive, Real-Time Technologies for AEC

Up until now, we in A/E/C have spent our careers working through a layer of abstraction—a two-dimensional screen. We design and build something that is three dimensional, but the 2D screen acts as the interface between us and what we’re designing. Removing the 2D layer of abstraction has proven to be an effective solution and is revolutionizing our industry.


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